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July 6th, 2017

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In our generation we are witnessing the restoration of apostolic and prophetic ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13) in the body of Messiah worldwide. Little by little, apostolic and prophetic ministry is also being restored within the local remnant in Israel. Much of what is called apostolic or prophetic is inflated or phony. And much of what would be valid internationally is imported and not indigenous to Israel.

Paul (Saul) spoke of powerful supernatural warfare in II Corinthians 10:3-5. The overall theme of chapters 10 – 12 is the battle to discern between true and false apostles (II Corinthians 11:13). Paul’s primary spiritual warfare in these three chapters concerns the validity and integrity of apostolic ministry. What an eye-opening thought!

A great spiritual challenge before us and a deep passion of my heart is the integrity of authentic, indigenous, apostolic authority in Israel. To have authority, it must be authentic. To have integrity, it must be indigenous. A popular expression in Israel is to produce “facts on the ground.” Our spiritual version of this same saying would be to produce real fruit in real people here in the land of Israel.

[Note: Ministry has to be indigenous only to the degree that it calls itself “Israeli” or “Jewish.” Otherwise it is not necessary. Indigenous elements include work experience, birthplace, family lineage, Hebrew language, taxes, cultural relevancy, historical perspective, current events, citizenship, army service, helping the needy, and other types of practical service. Yeshua grew up and worked here 30 years before starting His teaching and evangelistic ministry.]

The restoration of apostolic-prophetic teams in Israel represents a partial restoration of the ministry of the original apostles of the first century. That restoration is a key element of right alignment and spiritual government for the greater body of Messiah.

If apostolic-prophetic ministry in Israel will have a humble and servant heart, it could be a source of blessing, revival, and unity. If it has integrity and authenticity, it could be an instrument of kingdom strategy as we prepare for the coming of Yeshua.

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By | 2017-07-06T00:00:00+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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  1. Gary Pope November 9, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Dear Asher,
    I always thought we should not have the word apostle in our Bibles,tho it’s not really a bad sounding word. So very many words in our English Bible are
    Transliterated instead of translated.
    (Probably the word Christ is one of the
    Worst ones.) I also noticed a few places
    Where the Greek word apostolos is not
    Even transliterated.2cor.8:23 and Phil.
    2:25 I believe. I guess anyone prayed over (By God’s true representatives.)
    And sent out to preach the gospel
    Would be a apostle, wouldn’t you agree?

    God-Bless,
    Gary

    • Andrew November 9, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Hi Gary,

      While Asher isn’t much of an internet user and doesn’t respond to comments on the site or on social media, I hope I can provide some insight from our perspective.

      There’s a lot to be said about translation and it is a subject that we are very familiar with in Israel. There are many words whose meanings are dependent on a cultural context that doesn’t exist in other cultures. These concepts can often be translated differently depending on the context, so sometimes simply adopting a new word can be the most consistent course.

      In regard to apostleship, we make a distinction between the original 12 apostles and the five-fold ministry gift of apostleship. We do agree with you and would only add that a central aspect of apostleship is requirement that an apostle be ordained and accountable to an established authority. In other words, no one can self-appoint themselves an apostle.

  2. Gary Pope November 10, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Hi Andrew,
    I totally agree, there are too many
    Self-appointed apostles.
    Some take advantage of the body of
    The Messiah;and preach another
    gospel.

    God-Bless,
    Gary

  3. Gary Pope November 24, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Dear Asher,
    If I have seen anyone I thought had a
    Prophetic “call” on his life,(well at least
    One.) I think it is Jonathan Cahn.
    I have heard him speak prophetically
    Before, and I sat there with my mouth
    hanging open.(almost)
    I personally don’t see how he could put
    So many things together prophetically
    Unless God was revealing it to him.

    Thank-you.
    God-Bless,
    Gary

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